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Dr Trish Holch

Dr Trish Holch
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Dr Trish Holch

Senior Lecturer

School Of Social Sciences

0113 81 24950 T.Holch@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Trish Holch

Trish is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Beckett University, a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and an associate of the Higher Education Academy. Trish specialises in Applied Health Psychology research, Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs), developing complex health interventions and exploring patient understanding.

Prior to joining Leeds Beckett in 2016, Trish worked as a Research Fellow in the Patient Reported Outcomes Group at the University of Leeds, and she continues as an Honorary Research Fellow there. Trish was awarded her PhD in Psychology from the University of Leeds in 2009, and a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree from the same institution in 2003.

Trish is an executive committee member of the British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS) and a member of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS), the ISOQOL (International Society for Quality of Life Research) and their Best Practices for PROs- Reporting Taskforce (Patient Reported Outcomes).

Trish regularly sits on the scientific committees of ISOQOL, BPOS and the National PROMs Research Conference and peer reviews manuscripts for Psycho-Oncology and the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics. In 2017 Trish co-edited a special section on digital technologies in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship Research and Practice and the accompanying editorial, ‘Introduction to special section on digital technology and cancer survivorship’.

Current Teaching

Trish is module leader for the quantitative strand of the Advanced Research Methods and Applied Health Psychology in Medical Practice modules. She also lectures on the Health Psychology, Behavioural Neuroscience and Intermediate Research Methods on the BSc (Hons) Psychology course, and Psychological Research and Analysis on the MSc Psychology (Conversion Award) course.


Trish supervises Undergraduates and Masters, and is willing to supervise Doctoral students undertaking applied health psychology research projects.

Masters supervision

  • Abigail Allbut (MSc Psychological Approaches to Health) with Dr Peter Gardener (University of Leeds)– Comparing the Efficacy of Individual and Group Review Clinics to Improve Breast Cancer Survivor Patients Quality of Life, awarded the top dissertation prize in 2015.
  • Munisha Chauhan (MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice) along with Catherine Holborn (Sheffield Hallam University) – Assessing the information and support needs of radical prostate cancer patients and acceptability of a group based treatment review: published paper 2018 (Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice)

Research Interests

Trish undertakes both qualitative and quantitative applied health research including validation of measures, cognitive interviewing and delphi consensus methodologies. Trish’s interests include understanding health behaviours, factors influencing self-management of symptoms, electronic symptom monitoring, PROMs and electronic health literacy.

Trish has presented her research at over 30 national and international conferences including the International Society for Quality of Life Research (Budapest), the International Psycho-Oncology Society Congress (Dublin), European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) (Barcelona, Vienna), National PROMs conference and the British Psychosocial Oncology Society. Trish has authored over 15 research papers in peer-reviewed journals including Annals of Oncology, International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, British Medical Journal (Supportive and Palliative Care) and Acta Oncologica.

In 2017 Trish was invited to deliver a pre-meeting clinical course at the International ESTRO conference in Vienna alongside Professor Cai Grau from Aarhus University Hospital Denmark. The course was entitled ‘Current and potential future roles of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in radiotherapy’ and brought together a distinguished faculty of PROM researchers and clinicians from within and outside the radiotherapy community.


  • A co-applicant on the Yorkshire Cancer Research Funded LiLAC (life after lung cancer project) which uses PROMs to enable comparison of two types of treatment for early stage lung cancer.
  • A co-applicant on a Teenage Cancer Trust funded project developing a new model of emotional distress detection and management in teenagers and young adults (TYA) with cancer.


  • University of Michigan, USA (orthopaedic department) to develop reporting guidelines for psychometric investigations of a Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM).
  • University of Manchester and the Teenage Cancer trust to validate a Young Persons Cancer Awareness Measure (YPCAM).
  • University of Leeds Patient Reported Outcomes Group on the National Institute of Health Research funded eRAPID (Electronic patient self-Reporting of Adverse-events: Patient Information and aDvice) Radiotherapy project.
  • Radiotherapy department at St James’s Institute of Oncology (Leeds) to improve service delivery by developing innovative models of follow-up.
  • Leeds Beckett University Diabetes Special Interest Research Group.

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